Air Pollution Overview

The air we breathe can contain a variety of pollutants emitted into the atmosphere outdoors (also called ambient air) as well as into the air indoors.
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Indoor Air Pollution

As we spend much time in our homes, it is important that the air is as clean as possible
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Protect yourself from bushfire smoke

Bushfires are creating smoky conditions across much of NSW that may continue for some time. Smoke can affect people’s health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure..

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Outdoor Air Pollution

The common sources of outdoor air pollution are emissions caused by combustion processes from motor vehicles, solid fuel burning and industry.

Who is Affected

Everyone can be affected by air pollution especially when exposed over prolonged periods of time. However, some groups of people may be more susceptible than others.
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Common Air Pollutants

This section includes a brief description of the most common air pollutants, and their health effects.
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Simple Steps to Protect Your Health

There are steps individuals can take to reduce air pollution in the community, as well as steps to limit your exposure.
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CHO's Air Pollution Expert Advisory Committee

In response to a number of complex issues concerning air quality, the Chief Health Officer established an Air Pollution Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) in 2010.
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